The Monet effect…
Do you look at others and think they have it all sorted?
Do you wish you were cool, calm and collected 100% of the time? Just like the people you see on social media with the flawless blog and with the creative and well behaved kids?
Do you ever look at someone and think ‘they have it all’?
I was looking out of my bedroom window and it hit me, the Monet effect.
Let me explain.
I’m fortunate enough to live with a beautiful and far reaching countryside view. Somerset has beautiful rolling hills and is the essence of English country living. I have a blissful view, that’s for sure!
As I looked out of my window I glanced down at our hedge. Our neighbour had cut their side of the hedge making our side look straggly, unsightly and *gasp* unmaintained. I was slightly mortified that I’d let the side down. Perfectionism really does suck sometimes friends. Because you see before my neighbour had cut his side of the hedge it wasn’t even a problem. There was nothing wrong with my hedge. Someone made a move that threw my perspective out of whack.
Then I looked at the hills in the distance and thought how beautiful the view is.
I was gently reminded of a film I watched over and over again with my sister Rosie called ‘Clueless’. I knew that film inside out (we both do) this quote from it came to mind…
Tai : ‘What’s a Monet?’
Cher: ‘It’s like a painting, see? From far away, it’s OK, but up close, it’s a big old mess.’
Not wanting to say Monet paintings are a big mess, no disrespect intended I love Monet. Monet is one of my favourite painters. But using the point that up close IN REALITY, maybe we would see that the view is not as perfect as we might believe.
There might be litter, weeds, bugs and such and things that you can only see up close. Sometimes things aren’t what they seem from a distance.
Everyone has flaws, everyone has issues, that’s a fact.
Next time I think someone else has it far better than me, I’m going to think of The Monet Effect. It’s good to be thankful for all we already have.